Guided Tours

A volunteer docent talks with a school group in the Arsenal of Democracy gallery.

A knowledgeable volunteer docent will lead your class through Michigan history, from the end of the last ice age through the mid 20th century. The tour pays particular attention to Michigan's Anishinaabe people through the Statehood era. The tour meets Michigan social studies learning standards. 

Guided tours are limited to 30 students, and last approximately 90 minutes. Admission is $7 per student; one teacher and paraprofessionals free; and one chaperon for every 10 students free. Additional adults are welcomed to join at $8 per person. 

Guided tours are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Sept. 1 through May 15. Please note that the museum is closed on the following holidays: 

  • New Year's Day 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day 
  • Presidents' Day 
  • Memorial Day 
  • Fourth of July 
  • Labor Day 
  • Veterans Day 
  • Thanksgiving Holiday (Thursday - Sunday) 
  • Christmas Eve 
  • Christmas Day 
  • New Year's Eve 

Guided tours must be scheduled a minimum of three weeks in advance. For schools looking to bring several classrooms to the museum, please be advised that we can only accommodate two guided tours each day. 

Dates become available for making reservations one year in advance. For example, if you would like to bring your group to the museum on October 7, 2024, the earliest date that you can call to make your reservation is October 7, 2023. You can try to make reservations with a shorter lead time but please be aware that dates fill up fast and your first choice may not be available.

Payment is due the date of the tour. The museum accepts cash, credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover only) and checks. Please make checks payable to “State of Michigan.” If bringing a check please bring only the amount you owe. We are unable to process refunds on site. If an invoice is needed please request one when booking your program, as invoices are not automatically generated.

Visit our preparing for your field trip page for more information on museum amenities and rules.

Updated 03/31/2021